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UPDATESWhat we've been doing

  • Pre Project Prep – Mount Columbia  – September 29, 2016

    Most hikers can appreciate the amount of work it takes to build a trail from scratch. The hiking, the digging, the pushing around of giant … Read More >>

  • Aeolus. God of Wind, Builder of Trails  – September 26, 2016

    Those who come up the mountain may see us at work, a crew of figures moving rocks, flipping with bars, moving things in bags, and … Read More >>

  • It’s All a Learning Curve  – September 23, 2016

    “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes , no coincidences, … Read More >>

  • Opening Day  – September 19, 2016

    4:45 in the morning. We rest by Twin Lakes, like always, waiting for the crew to regroup after the steep ascent. This morning is special, … Read More >>


Lloyd Athearn, Executive Director

Lloyd joined CFI in 2009 following three years serving as deputy director of the Colorado Conservation Trust, where he oversaw the organizations development, communications, finance and administration functions. Prior to that he spent 10 years as deputy director of the American Alpine Club managing media relations, public policy, publishing, development and membership marketing. His mountain conservation work has been recognized by the National Park Service and the American Alpine Club. Lloyd brings extensive experience collaborating with land managers across the country to protect alpine terrain and preserve the wilderness climbing experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Oregon and has taken graduate coursework in Wilderness Management from the University of Montana.
Email: lloyd at (replace “at” with @)
Phone: 303-278-7650

Jerry Mack, Controller

Jerry joined CFI in 2009 after 11 years as the controller and network administrator of the American Alpine Club. Prior to that, he spent 16 years in public finance in Denver. As a native Coloradan, Jerry grew up hiking and camping in the Rockies and by the mid-90’s had hiked all of the Fourteeners. An avid climber, he has summited peaks all over the world including Alaska, Canada, South America, Europe and Nepal. Jerry received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Email: jerry at (replace “at” with @)
Phone: 303-278-7650

 Ben Hanus, Interim Field Programs Manager/Sustainable Trails Coordinator

Ben joined CFI’s permanent staff in 2012, having worked with the program in a seasonal capacity since 2009. He worked two seasons on the Chicago Basin trail delineation project, then collected detailed GPS-based data on Fourteener trails during the 2011 field season. Ben will oversee all of CFI’s volunteer and crew-based field projects, as well as continue advancing the collection, analysis and reporting of GPS-based trail conditions data on the Fourteener trail network. Ben holds a bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His background and field experience include high alpine trail design, construction, and restoration, crew leadership, GIS mapping and data collection, and spatial analysis.
Email: ben at (replace “at” with @)

 Brian Sargeant, Development and Communications Coordinator

Brian joined CFI’s staff in 2015 after working for three years in the outdoor industry. He originally interned with CFI in 2014 through Patagonia’s Environmental Internship Program.  As the Environmental Point Person he managed the grants program, in-kind donations, and acted as the liaison for communications with non-profits.  Brian has a Bachelor’s degree in International Marketing and a minor in Spanish from Georgia State University in Atlanta. His passion for environmental conservation stems from his involvement in backpacking, trail running and snowboarding.

Email: brian at (replace “at” with @)
Phone: 303-278-7650



2016 Seasonal Staff

seasonal staff 2016
CFI’s 2016 seasonal field staff, from left to right:

Back Row (in grey): Timo Holmquist, Eli Allan, Nick Schwartz, Eric McSwan, Rob Duddy, Taylor Beeson, Charlie Simon, Evan Levy, Kevin Langevin Tom Cronin

Middle Row (in blue): Rosyln Peters, Macy Wiley, Meg Reeves, Abby Mortimer, Margaret McQuiston, Miriam Venman-Clay

Bottom Row (kneeling): Preston Hovenkamp, Spencer Phillips, Annesa Winn, Dana Young, Krisitine Velez, Steena Cultrara,

Not Pictured: Niki Peters (not pictured)